Sonar Drum Maps

This video was created several years ago (in Sonar 5) but this information still applied in Sonar 8.5.3, so if you are having an issue with a drum map or you just want to learn a little bit more about them, please watch this video. I show how to create a drum map from the notes that are on a midi track, how to assign different notes within the kit to different hardware or software synths (VST), and a few practical applications where drum maps have helped me. 

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My Country (Parts I & II)

Another cover song.  This one comes from one of Roger Taylor's (Queen's drummer) solo albums (Fun in Space).  This is the last track from side one of the album.  I always liked this album (1984) and this song in particular.  It's so sarchastic and blunt.  While I don't completely believe everything in this song, I think it's very strong and an interesting song.  Please listen to the whole thing, as it has several different arrangement parts to it, each different than the next.

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The Game

This is not a song I wrote, but it's not exactly a cover song either.  I was in a band back in the early 90s - one that was "trying to make it".  We did a few studio demos and this a song that was on one of those demos.  I started playing around with those old demos and decided to try this one out as a "redo" of the song.  It's pretty close to the original arrangement.

I used my Variax 500, the Line6 Pod Farm plugin, bass sounds from SampleTankXL, drums from my V-Drums with the TD-20 with the TDW-20 expansion card, and the keyboard sounds coming from a combination of SampleTankXL, Dimension Pro, Wusikstation, and the small vocoder bit at the beginning coming from Pentagon.

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Can't Stop Thinking About You

This is an original song writtin for/about my wife Arlene.  I was given a challenge one day after complaining about some songs I was hearing on the radio and somehow it lead to this.  She said something like "I bet you can't even get one completed" (knowing that she would be "egging me on").  I spent some time writing this and here's what I came up with.

This was done using an early version of Cakewalk Sonar (maybe version 2?) with a Yamaha DSP Factory for the recording and mixing, an SW1000xg for all of the keyboards and bass, an Ovation 6-string for the acoustic, and an original Line6 Pod and Nashville Telecaster.  I also use my Roland V-Drums with the TD-10 + TDW1 card.

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Tomorrow's Just a Day Away

This is a cover song originally done by The Rollers in 1979.  I recorded it as part of my proposal to my wife back in 1998.  This was made with an SW1000XG and the included software at the beggining of my recording abilities on a PC.

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Goody Goody Gumdrops

Another song recorded for my Wife, who was my fiance at the time.  She was having to work a lot of long hours and I put this together for her one Saturday, feeling guilty that I got to stay home but still wanting to do something fun.  I was also trying to learn how to use my new SW1000XG and XGWorks software and whatnot.  This is a cover of a tune by 1910 Fruitgum Company in 1968.  I tried to modernize it a bit.

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Todd Rundgren - Honest Work

Another cover song, this time from a great artist: Todd Rundgren, for the album called A Capella.  If you haven't heard this one, you should check it out.  It came out when sampling was still pretty new in 1985 - Todd did this album with many layers of himself and some obvious old-school sampling (an Emu Emulator, I think).  This one is a simple, honest, tune in three parts harmony.  This is loose and pretty flawed, but I'm putting out here anyway!

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Queen - Seven Seas of Rhye

This cover song was done as a collaboration with a guy from the Cakewalk forums.  6StringsAt1000MilesPerHour is who did all the guitars and bass on this tune.  He asked me to add the drums on it and it was over the Christmas holidays and I happened to have some time to work on it, so I did a version with vocals, which I then went back and did a bunch more layers on and sent back to 6Strings.  That's as far as this went, so it's not a really complete mix or anything, but it sounds pretty decent as it is.

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